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On the conclusion of the Tunney Act-based case challenging the Justice Departments 2005 approval of the SBC-AT&T and Verizon-MCI mergers that opponents said harm the public interest The government need not prove that the settlements will perfectly remedy the alleged antitrust harms; it need only provide a factual basis for concluding that the settlements are […]

Case Closed: Judge Says Megamergers Serve Public Interest

After nearly a year of deliberations, a federal judge has decided that the 2005 Bell megamergers were in the public interest. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan released a 56-page order on Thursday that reaffirmed the Justice Departments 2005 consent decree conditionally clearing the SBC-AT&T and Verizon-MCI mergers. Sullivan said his task was limited under the law […]

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… On the Justice Departments approval of the AT&T Inc.-BellSouth Corp. merger, with no conditions(see related story) … The presence of other competitors, changing regulatory requirements and the emergence of new technologies in markets for residential local and longdistance service indicate that this transaction is not likely to harm consumer welfare. The proposed acquisition does […]

I Spy a Surveillance Bill

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT REPORTEDLY is stepping up its efforts to eavesdrop on citizens, even as previous endeavors face scrutiny from the courts. The Justice Department and FBI are said to have crafted new Internet eavesdropping rules and have been looking for members of Congress to support the bill. Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, has been named […]

BellSouth Shareholders Approve Deal With AT&T

BellSouth Corp. shareholders on Friday morning voted overwhelmingly to approve the companys $67 billion merger with AT&T Inc., despite misgivings from employees about the future of their jobs and retirement benefits. This is a significant step in the merger approval process, said F. Duane Ackerman, BellSouths chairman and CEO. He said preliminary results indicated the […]

Judge Not Prepared to Rubber-Stamp DoJ Megamerger Approvals

The continued post-merger scrutiny of the combinations of AT&T Corp. and SBC Communications, and Verizon Communications Inc. and MCI Inc. could mean the Department of Justice and the FCC will have a harder time approving the melding of AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp. A federal judge on Wednesday made no decisions as to whether the […]

COMPTEL to Ask Judge for Inquiry Into AT&T/Verizon Divestiture Requirements

Competitive carrier association COMPTEL will go to court on May 10 to ask for permission to intervene in the Justice Departments requirement that AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. divest some of their unused fiber networks, as part of the conditions for approving their takeovers of AT&T Corp. and MCI Inc., respectively. The DoJ last […]

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… ON THE APPROVALS OF THE VERIZON COMMUNICATIONS INC. MERGER WITH MCI INC. AND THE SBC COMMUNICATIONS INC. TAKEOVER OF AT&T CORP. THE FCC AND DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE ADDED RIDERS TO THE DEALS, INCLUDING REQUIRING THE COMPANIES TO OFFER NAKED DSL, AND EXTEND SPECIAL ACCESS AND UNBUNDLED NETWORK ELEMENT PRICING. The conditions included in the […]

Bush Nominates Tate for FCC Seat

President Bush said today he will nominate Republican Tennessee regulatory commissioner Deborah Tate to fill the FCC seat that has remained empty since March. A number of events including hurricanes in the Southeast, the death of Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist and the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day OConnor have caused the […]

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